Coach of the Year

LAVELL EDWARDS: TWO-TIME NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR

Legendary Cougar coach LaVell Edwards has twice been recognized as one the greatest coaches in college football. The sixth-winningest coach in NCAA football history earned the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 1979 and the Kodak Coach of the Year Award in 1984.

“IN THE SOUTH THERE’S BEAR BRYANT, DARYL ROYAL AND FRANK BOYLES, IN THE EAST THERE’S JOE PATERNO, IN THE MIDWEST THERE’S BO SCHEMBECHLER, WOODY HAYES AND TOM OSBORNE AND IN THE WEST THERE’S JOHN MCKAY AND LAVELL EDWARDS. HE’S A LEGEND. AND AS GOOD A FOOTBALL COACH AS HE WAS, HE’S A BETTER MAN AND HE DID IT THE RIGHT WAY. HE’S KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AS A LEGEND.” Lee Corso, ESPN Football Analyst

Along with his teams’ successes during his coaching tenure, LaVell Edwards accumulated many personal accolades to match. Edwards’ first national recognition for his coaching prowess came in 1979 when he was honored with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. A panel of 11 former college football coaches selected the BYU coach. On the heels of BYU’s first national championship five years later, Edwards’ coaching peers honored him with what he then called his greatest personal accolade, the Kodak Coach of the Year Award.

As successful as his teams were on the field, Edwards’ coaching philosophy did not reflect a win-at-all-costs mentality. He didn’t bark orders or rule the sideline with an iron fist. Generally, the assistant coaches were delegated the duty of handling the Xs and Os while he saw to the administrative tasks of the program. His personal demeanor also gave him the ability to relate well with his players whether teaching them about football or other more personal matters.

“Just seeing how he handles himself with the media and with people in general … he’s always genuine with them. He treats everybody well.” Former BYU quarterback and current BYU athletic administrator Robbie Bosco said. “Those are the things he’ll leave with me, more than winning football games.”

In 2004, Edwards became the fifth BYU Cougar inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

WINNINGEST FOOTBALL COACHES

Name Years Wins Losses Ties Pct. 
Joe Paterno* 45 401 134 3 .748
Bobby Bowden 44 377 129 4 .743
Bear Bryant 38 323 85 17 .780
Pop Warner  44 319 106 32 .733
Amos Alonzo Stagg 57 314 199 35 .605
LaVell Edwards 29 257 101 3 .722
Tom Osborne 25 255 49 3 .836
Lou Holtz 31 239 118 7 .669
Woody Hayes 33 238 72 10 .759
Bo Schembechler 27 234 65 8 .775